Tuesday, 1 October 2019

The Seven count charges Against Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare


Pro-democracy Activist, convener of #RevolutionNow and AAC flagbearer at the 2019 National Elections who was arrested by men of the department of state services at the early hours of Friday 2nd August against a planned protest on 5th August tagged REVOLUTION NOW was arraigned again at the Abuja federal high court for 7 count charges.

This was after justice Taiwo of same court granted the defendant bail just one week ago which was defiled by the security agency.

The charges which was read out to the defendant and the all present reads:

See Also: Sowore Manhandled by DSS 

Count 1.
CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT TREASONABLE FELONY.

"that you,  Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, under the name #RevolutionNow, did conspire amongst yourself  to carry out revolution protests aimed at removing the president".





Count 2.
TREASONABLE FELONY.

"that you,  Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare,  and others at large under the coalition for revolution staged a revolution campaign on 5th day of August aimed at removing the  President and Commander in Chief of the the Armed Forces during his tenure in office.


Count 3
Cyberstalking.

"That you, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare, and others at large did commit offence by sending a message by means of press interview to Arise TV which you knew will cause insult and hatred towards the President".

Omoyele Sowore in his reply to the charge said he was arrested on August 5th and so he does not understand the charge.  His Co-defendant, Mr Olawole Bakare also said he does not understand the charge.

Both pleaded 'not guilty' on advice of their lawyer.





Count 4.
Transfer of Funds


"That you,  Omoyele Sowore on April 2019 at Lagos and Abuja committed an offence by transferring the sum of $19,975 from your UBA account credited by City Bank USA into a Sahara Bank Account with the aim of concealing the origin of the funds. "


Count 5.
 Transferring  of $20,475 dollars from his UBA account credited by Sahara Reporters Media Group in New York with the aim of concealing the illicit origin of the funds.

 He also entered the same 'not guilty' plea.

Sowore said he is confused that he has no UBA account and does not understand how one can transfer money from City Bank through UBA to another bank.

He, however, said since his counsel has advised him to enter a plea, it is a not guilty plea.





Count 6.
Transfer of funds contrary to the Money Laundering Act.

"That you Omoyele Sowore on the 27th of June did commit an offence by transferring the sum of $16,967 credited by Sahara Media Group USA with the aim of concealing the illicit origin of the funds.

He entered a 'not guilty' plea.


Count 7.
Transfer of funds.

"That you Omoyele Sowore on 16th July at Lagos and Abuja committed an offence by transferring the sum of $16,975 from your account in USA with the aim of concealing the illicit origin of the funds.

He pleaded not guilty.

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